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Braving New Heights Our 40th Year - A Bright New Partnership on the Horizon

August 16, 2019
By Bethany Mark

Transitioning into the Development & Marketing Coordinator position here at Liberty mid-year was quite a challenge.  However, the Lord's grace remains faithfully evident through donations and the financial provision as last school year ended.  Our auction raised over $105,000 and the 2018-2019 fiscal year Patriot Fund total exceeded our yearly goal.  I'm forever thankful that His hands are in the middle of my work, and I give the honor to Whom it's due. 

Our donors not only met our Patriot Fund goal but provided money for this year's Fund-a-Need project, a new phone system, which was installed over the summer break.  We are so grateful for each and every donor who has sacrificially supported us financially, as well as those who sacrificially give their time.

Our fundraising events play a huge role in how we bridge our tuition income and operating expense gap.  But our donors are not the only part of our community that can make a significant contribution.

Tammy Mattoon has served on the auction committee for several years now.  Part of her volunteer position is to help facilitate the procurement of donated items.  Tammy, each year, approaches several businesses to inquire about potential donations.  After three years of only receiving baskets from Gesa Credit Union, 2019 was different.  They donated a beautiful basket and sponsored the event!

Being my first Denim & Diamonds auction, the evening of April 27th was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I remember not necessarily knowing what to do as all the pieces we prepared were now in motion.  I sat back, tried to take it all in, and made observations of potential improvements for years to come.  After I introduced myself and closed the night, two gentlemen from the Gesa table pulled me aside and asked to speak with Jim and me.  They began to tell us about how their company is passionate about schools, educators, and students and would like to partner with Liberty. 

Flash forward to yesterday, August 15th, 2019.  Gesa hosted co-branded debit card reception announcing the total awards for the participating school districts.  Richland School District raised just over $43,000 and Kennewick $42,000 through Gesa's Affinity Card program.  Mr. Cochran and I, along with a table of other staff and faculty representing Liberty, accepted a $2,000 award for the launch of our partnership with Gesa starting this fall.  Soon, you will be able to request a co-branded debit card at any Gesa Credit Union branch.  This card will not only create visual awareness for the community, but Gesa donates back to Liberty every time each card is used.

There will be more details to come, but for now, I am beyond thankful for every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, alumni, staff, and beyond whom choose to continually come together in unity with their individual giftings making Liberty what it is today.  We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.

 

Here's to braving new heights this 40th year!

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us" - Ephesians 3:20

UPDATE: The cards are now available at any of the 18 Gesa locations.  It is absolutely free to switch your card.

In Him,

Bethany Mark

Development & Marketing Coordinator 

Bruce Harrer says:
August 20, 2019 11:45 PM CST
Lori and I got a GESA debit card last spring. Since Liberty was not available, we chose Pasco. Kendra may be disappointed by this, but we will switch to Liberty when it becomes available.

Steve Panther says:
October 23, 2020 12:12 PM CST
My son David is a graduate and the first Medical doctor from Liberty Christian. He got $103,000.00 in college scholarships, went to George Fox, was the outstanding chemistry student there, went to Loma Linda Medical University and did his residency there in dermatology, got the #1 Mohs surgery fellowship in America with Drs. Zitelli and Brodland in Pittsburgh, and practices in Walla WA and lives there. Liberty Christian was a wonderful school with a high academic standard, a wholesome atmosphere, coupled with a Biblical world view. All of our kids went there.

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